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Hi I'm Rosie

I'm a Mormon, and, I love it!!! I converted when I was 15, and I am as passionate about being a Mormon now as I was 41 years ago!

About Me

I am a preschool teacher and owner of my own school (another passion!). My husband and I have been married for 35 years and we have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. In our family, which includes parents, children, grandchildren and in-laws, we are multiracial, multicultural, and multiabled. A word picture would be: White, Asian, and Black. United States, Korea, Philippines, Cambodia, France, and Congo. Spina Bifida and some chronic illness. We love each other and have fun together. But, life hasn't been without its challenges. We have experienced many hard times, disappointments, and set-backs both individually, and as a family, but we keep trying. We keep "hanging-in-there".

Why I am a Mormon

I am the only member of my biological family. My father committed suicide when I was 15 and my mother was an alcoholic. They were good people who became trapped by their addictions. After my father died, I had a lot of questions about the purpose of life. Was life really worth the effort? And, where did I come from before I was born? Why was I here on earth? Where would I go after I died? These were burning questions for me. I didn't know what the answers would be, but I was looking for both doctrinal answers and "a feeling". I investigated several different churches, with wonderful people, but nothing felt exactly right. I found the doctrinal answers at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon church), and as I studied the Book of Mormon and prayed, the witness of the Holy Ghost- "the feeling"- came! I remember exclaiming to myself: "This is it!!! I have finally found it!!!" I felt as if I had come out of a dark closet into the bright sunshine and I felt wonderful! After I joined the church, I experienced a great deal of opposition and hardship. My mother became more abusive due to her drinking. She told me I would have to choose between living at home or attending church. I chose the church and have NEVER regretted my choice. Fortunately for me, a Mormon couple agreed to become my legal foster-parents. That's my story. Why am I a Mormon? Purpose, peace, happiness, courage, and safety. I now have the "big, eternal picture", that makes sense to me, and I know it is true! So, no matter what happens, I have a reason to keep going, keep trying, and remain hopeful.

How I live my faith

I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. He has been with me through everything in my life, so I try (emphasis: try) to live as His devoted follower. In my work, with my family relationships, in everything I do, I prayerfully seek His guidance and input. I try to speak and act kindly. As Mormons, we abstain from tobacco, alcohol, tea, and coffee. After being raised in my family and watching my parents, abstinence was an obvious plus for me. I also dress modestly. I choose to avoid the profane in speech, movies, and music. I actively seek what is uplifting and virtuous. I find "the feeling" that I sought so hard to find is with me more often when making these choices and having that "feeling" is a huge priority in my life. The Bible counsels us to pay tithing (Malachi 3:10) and this is part of our church, as well. I am grateful to pay tithing. I want to be able to help in my community and throughout the world. The sacred tithing and fast offering funds of our church go all over the world to help those in need regardless of their religious affiliation (LDS Humanitarian Services). I really try to make a positive difference in the world.